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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Decimal \Dec"i*mal\, adjective [F. d['e]cimal (cf. LL. decimalis), fr. L. decimus tenth, fr. decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Dime}.] Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten times the unit next smaller; as, decimal notation; a decimal coinage.
{Decimal arithmetic}, the common arithmetic, in which numeration proceeds by tens.
{Decimal fraction}, a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 10, as 2/10, [frac25x100], and is usually not expressed, but is signified by a point placed at the left hand of the numerator, as .2, .25.
{Decimal point}, a dot or full stop at the left of a decimal fraction. The figures at the left of the point represent units or whole numbers, as 1.05.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Decimal \Dec"i*mal\, noun A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal fraction.
{Circulating decimal}, or {Circulatory decimal}, a decimal fraction in which the same figure, or set of figures, is constantly repeated; as, 0.354354354; -- called also {recurring decimal}, {repeating decimal}, and {repetend}.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
adjective
1: numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten; "the decimal system" [syn: {decimal}, {denary}]
noun
1: a proper fraction whose denominator is a power of 10 [syn: {decimal fraction}, {decimal}]
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